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Clutch Disengagement Control of a Dual-Speed Transmission for Electric Vans

Journal Article
02-14-02-0013
ISSN: 1946-391X, e-ISSN: 1946-3928
Published February 26, 2021 by SAE International in United States
Clutch Disengagement Control of a Dual-Speed Transmission for Electric Vans
Citation: Tan, S., Yang, J., Zhao, X., and Khajepour, A., "Clutch Disengagement Control of a Dual-Speed Transmission for Electric Vans," SAE Int. J. Commer. Veh. 14(2):2021, https://doi.org/10.4271/02-14-02-0013.
Language: English

Abstract:

To reduce the driveline oscillations during the shifting process of electric delivery vans (EDVs), this article proposes a swift and smooth disengagement strategy for the clutch in a dual-speed transmission (DST) system. Firstly, a novel electromechanical clutch actuator (ECA) for the proposed DST is designed and modeled. Then the structure of the DST for EDVs is briefly introduced, and the mathematical model of the DST is derived using the Lagrange method. Since the driveshaft torque is essential and unmeasurable, a Kalman filter is designed to estimate this value. Then the clutch disengagement strategy is proposed based on the estimated torque. Simulation studies are conducted under both normal and disturbed conditions to test the performance of the proposed algorithm. In addition, the processor-in-the-loop (PIL) experiment verifies the real-time ability of the whole algorithm. Results demonstrate that the proposed observer performs well in torque estimation and that the clutch disengagement strategy is effective in attenuating driveline oscillations during shifting.